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York St John University

York St John University
York St John University is an outstanding university, known for its academic excellence and responsive nature, always putting the student at the heart of everything it does. Its magnificent campus is located in the centre of the historic City of York. 

Archbishop John Sentamu was installed as the University’s first Chancellor in March 2007. One of his many jobs in this role is to preside over York St John’s graduation ceremonies in York Minster.

The University’s history dates back to 1841, when the York Diocesan Training School for teacher education opened with one pupil on the register - 16 year old Edward Preston Cordukes (The current Students’ Union building is named in his honour). The foundation of a female training school followed in 1846. Both organisations flourished and the women’s college moved to Ripon in 1862.

By 1904 St John’s was the largest diocesan college in the country with over 100 students. Over the twentieth century both institutions developed a new range of education programmes for an ever growing number of students, culminating in their merger as the College of Ripon & York St John in 1974. In 1999 the decision was taken to relocate all courses to the York campus - a transition which was completed by the end of 2001 - and the College became York St John College. The official title of York St John University was taken on 1 October 2006 as awarded by the Privy Council.

Today York St John University is proud to be a civic university with a strong community ethos and engagement in business, the arts, education and health and life sciences. The University currently has around 6,500 students studying on full-time, part-time, foundation degree, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education programmes together with research degrees.  It was awarded Research Degree Awarding Powers (RDAP) in 2015.

Its award-winning campus has undergone a £100 million transformation over recent years, developing new buildings on campus, new student accomodation, and phased developments at the Nestle Rowntree Park (the University's state-of-the-art sports park).  These investments aim to enhance the quality of the student experience, with a particular focus on learning and teaching, to enable graduates to continue developing the skills they need for life and work.

York St John contributes more than £60 million to the local economy every year and helps to create 1,100 jobs in the city. The University has great ambitions to increase this impact on the economy through growth, both at home and internationally.

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